New bridge to connect Queensland to northern NSW

By: Jason Whittaker


Trucking operators will soon be granted greater access between Queensland and northern New South Wales after the Queensland Government announced

Trucking operators will soon be granted greater access between Queensland and northern New South Wales after the Queensland Government announced the construction of a new bridge near Rathdowney.

Work is to start on March 17 on a new bridge at crossing seven on Running Creek Road after the Government awarded a $2.4 million contract for its construction to RoadTek, the construction arm of Main Roads.

The previous crossing was damaged during the January floods, during which Running Creek registered its highest water levels since recording started in the 1960s.
"Main Roads already had funding allocated for the replacement of this bridge and has now accelerated the project to coincide with recovery work on Running Creek Road," Minister for Main Roads Warren Pitt says.

The Government expects the 46 metre-long bridge to be completed in six months. Pitt says the bridge will be more flood resistant than the previous crossing.

He says Running Creek Road continues to provide a crucial link between Rathdowney in Queensland and Kyogle, across the border in New South Wales.

All-vehicle access to the road was restored a fortnight ago.
"Main Roads crews have worked tirelessly to restore Running Creek Road to a condition in which all vehicles can now use it," Pitt says.

"Once the bridge over crossing number seven has been completed, Main Roads will then start construction on a replacement bridge for Taaffe's Bridge," Pitt says.

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